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Pirelli to introduce 'softest' tyre in 2018

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13/11/2017

Pirelli has revealed that it is to introduce a tyre softer than the ultrasoft next season.

Over the course of the year the Italian manufacturer has been testing a number of compounds which it would like to introduce in 2018, with some claiming that as many as seven different compounds could be made available to drivers.

Following yesterday's Brazilian Grand Prix, the Italian company took to social media to ask fans to vote for a name for what will be the softest tyre in the 2018 range, the tyre sporting the same pink banding used in Austin last month.

"Megasoft, Hypersoft or Extremesoft," asked the manufacturer as it called on fans to vote for their favourite.

The tyres will no doubt be used over the forthcoming two-day test at Interlagos which will see Stoffel Vandoorne and Lando Norris in action.

The exact number of compounds - there are currently five in the range - will be announced in due course, but of greater interest is talk of the drivers being given more choice in terms of what compounds that wish to take to each race.

Currently Pirelli suggests the three compounds available, nominating the two mandatory compounds for qualifying and the race. It is felt that allowing drivers to choose their own compounds from the entire range - even if several months in advance - would help spice up the racing.

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1. Posted by Liam III, 14/11/2017 17:31

"In an effort to save costs- lets add more tire compounds and charge the teams enormous amounts of cash to supply them. Err, I mean lets use three power units instead of four to save costs? What the hell is wrong with these people, seriously?"

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2. Posted by Insane Reindeer, 14/11/2017 11:10

"Yes! Yes! Let the drivers pick the three compounds they want from the whole range of six. "

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3. Posted by Your Mom's Best Friend, 13/11/2017 21:16

"Had they given it to us, I would have voted for

Option D. SOFT (in the Head).

Oh sorry, my mistake; I just realized that this describes not the characteristic of a particular type of tyre, but the mentality of the people who run Formula 1: F.i.A., team bosses, "Liberty", (and Ecclestone, Mosley and Balestre' before them). ALL OF THEM.

To Hell with this pathetic joke of a "sport"."

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4. Posted by Anthony, 13/11/2017 19:34

"I may be a bit old fashioned but I can't help but think that there should be be two tyres - dry and wet. The current choices may be fascinating from a strategic point of view but adds nothing to the spectacle and demonstration of skill of the driver. I know that it is a team sport and the team includes the engineers sitting at head office let's leave it to the drivers. "

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5. Posted by Trixi, 13/11/2017 14:56

"They want to use pink color because it looked so nice in October for breast cancer awareness month. :-)"

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6. Posted by Editor, 13/11/2017 11:21

"Squelchy Mcsquelchface? "

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7. Posted by Chris Roper, 13/11/2017 10:42

"Babysoft :>)
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